Parents and Families

NYC Summer Quest

NYC Summer Quest is a free, five-week, full-day summer learning program that provides elementary and middle school students with fun, hands-on enrichment experiences while strengthening their academic skills. DOE teachers collaborate with educators from community-based organizations to offer students Common-Core aligned instruction, enrichment activities, sports and recreation, and field trips. Last summer, 90% of parents surveyed reported that NYC Summer Quest was a good balance of fun and learning, and 90% of parents would recommend the NYC Summer Quest program to other parents.
To see the Summer Quest program in action, watch the Summer Quest video , and read highlights from the inaugural season on the Summer Quest 2012 page.

Summer Quest 2013

In Summer 2013, the program will be offered in 11 schools in Community School Districts 7, 9, and 12 in the South Bronx. The following Bronx schools and community-based partners have been selected to offer the program:

·         P.S. 5 Port Morris/LEAP(Learning through an Expanded Arts Program)

·         P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt/YMCA of Greater New York - Bronx

·         P.S. 179/BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

·         P.S. 63 Author’s Academy/BELL

·          P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School/BELL

·         C.S. 211/Children’s Aid Society

·         C.S. 300 School of Science and Applied Learning/Good Shepherd Services

·         J.H.S. 162 Lola Rodriguez de Tio/Oasis Children’s Services

·         South Bronx Academy for Applied Media/Partnership with Children

·         Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science/Wingspan Arts

·         I.S. 313 School of Leadership Development/Oasis Children’s Services

If you are still interested in finding a summer program for your child, please click here. You may also call NYC's Youth Connect Hotline at 1-800-246-4646 or use the "Find the DYCD Program" feature here to learn about other summer programs in your neighborhood.

Program Background

NYC Summer Quest is a three-year, multi-pronged approach to improving, expanding, and sustaining summer learning opportunities for NYC public school students as a key strategy for closing the achievement gap. In Summer 2012 (the first year of programming), NYC Summer Quest served over 1,120 elementary and middle school students through 11 school/CBO partnerships in the South Bronx.

Three pilot models are implemented by school/CBO partnerships:

          Early Literacy Skills Camp – serving rising 1st – 5th graders

          21st Century Skills Camp – serving rising 6th – 8th graders

          Dream Big Academy – providing high-performing rising 8th graders with assistance to prepare for and apply to NYC’s specialized public high schools.

Assessment and Evaluation:  Pre- and post-assessments of participants, along with a control group of students, measure the impact of pilot models on summer learning.

Policy Work:  A taskforce of key stakeholders advises on program design and policy considerations to make summer learning a sustainable and impactful education reform strategy beyond the pilot.

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